Able Contracting Fire Update 11-14-2019

* Thursday, November 14, 2019 
This page will be updated as information becomes available.  

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Today started with cloudy skies and a temperature of 39 degrees. Light rain began to fall mid-morning. We’ve experienced mist to a brief heavy shower today. Smoke has been light, but water has been sprayed regularly as material is excavated. There has been a large amount of steam due to the warm material being exposed to the cool moist air.

Operations started slow as we moved to the northern portion of the property this morning. The pace has picked up significantly since mid-morning. We have run 15 triaxle dump trucks and 4 end dump trailers.

As we move material around, especially burnt or wet material at the bottom of the pile, odors have increased. As the burnt or wet material is moved offsite, we expect odors to decrease.

All DHEC sensors are still reading in the “Good” range for the 24-hour average comparison to the Air Quality Index (AQI).

Please refer to the interactive DHEC map to access real time air quality information from all three DHEC sensors.

Total Trucks through 11/12 7,672
Total Tons through 11/12 66,727
Total Trucks on 11/13 153
Total Tons on 11/13 1,615
Trucks as of 3:00 PM 11/14 114
Tons as of 3:00 PM 11/14 1,051

Please note: The number of trucks leaving the site each day varies depending on the weather and firefighting activities. Also, the tons per truck are estimated on days when landfill receipts are not available at the time of this update.

We’ve used a combination of both triaxle dump trucks and dump trailers. Each dump trailer has the capacity of about three times that of the triaxle dump trucks.

Smoke Forecast for Friday, November 15, 2019:

Air quality monitor data in the local area of the fire continues to show particulate concentrations in the good range. If fire flare-ups do occur, a northerly wind will likely move smoke plumes towards the south throughout the day Thursday. However, given the latest trends in fire activity and continued fire suppression efforts, smoke is not expected to be a problem beyond locations closest to the Able Contracting Recycling facility along Schinger Avenue.

The Able Contracting Information Hotline has been established to provide the daily forecast and allow community members to leave messages if they have additional questions. The Smoke Forecast Hotline phone number is 803-898-4262 or 1-800‐204-1842.  

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